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What is YCB

  1. YCB (Yoga Certification Board set up by the Government of India under Ministry of AYUSH for Certification and Accreditation
  2. Different categories to suit different levels of competencies and skills of Yoga professionals
  3. Accreditation of Yoga Institutions/centres under 4 levels based on scale and experience
  4. Better job opportunities for Yoga professionals in India and abroad

Levels of YCB for Yoga Professionals.

YCB Level 1-Loga Protocol Instructor

Yoga Instructors for teaching the basics of Yoga to
teach common Yoga protocol developed by the
Ministry of AYUSH for International Day of
Yoga. For classes in parks, societies etc., for
prevention of diseases and promotion of health

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YCB Level 2- Yoga Wellness Instructor

Yoga Instructor to teach Yoga for the prevention of
illness and promotion of wellness in schools,
Yoga studios, workplaces etc

Download YCB Level 2 Syllabus here

Comparison between the Two levels of YCB is as below:

YCB Level 1 and 2 have basic Yogic syllbus in common and in Level 2 additional things like Practical and theory of the Shuddhikriyas have been added like Jala Neti.

YCB level 1 and 2 comparison

Sr. NoYCB Level 1YCB Level 2
Name of CertificateYoga Protocol Instructor (YPI)Yoga Wellness Instructor (YWI)
Course level12
EligibilitySSCHSC or (10 + 2)
Minimum AgeNO Minimum ageNo minimum age
Scope of TeacherThey can conduct Yoga practice /classes in parks, societies, R WA etc.Schools, Yoga studios, work places, Yoga wellness centers/ Primary Health care centers etc.
Course LengthMinimum 200 hours /1 Month Full time/ 3 month (part time)Minimum 400 hours/ 3 Month Full Time/ 6 Month (Part Time)
Exam StructureTotal Marks: 200 (Theory: 60 +Practical: 140)Total Marks: 200 (Theory: 60 +Practical: 140)
Theory 60 MarksIntroduction to Yoga and Yogic Practices -20 MarksIntroduction to Yoga and Yogic Practices -20 Marks
Introduction to Yoga Texts- 20 MarksIntroduction to Yoga Texts- 20 Marks
Yoga for Health Promotion- 20 MarksYoga for wellness-20 Marks
Practical -140 Marks1. Demonstration Skills-80 Marks1. Demonstration Skills-80 Marks
2. Teaching Skills-40 Marks2. Teaching Skills-40 Marks
3. Application of knowledge- 10 Marks3. Application of knowledge- 10 Marks
4. Field Experience- 10 Marks4. Field Experience- 10 Marks
Syllabus contentsYCB Level 1 SyllabusYCB Level 2 syllabus
Unit no-1Introduction to Yoga and Yogic PracticesIntroduction to Yoga and Yogic Practices
I. Yoga: Etymology, definitions, aim, objectives and misconceptions1.Yoga: Etymology, definitions (Patanjala Yoga Sutra, Bhagwad Gita & Kathopanishad), aim, objectives and misconceptions.
1.2 Yoga : lts origin, history and development1.2 Yoga: Its origin, history and development.
1.3 Guiding principles to be followed by Yoga practitioners.1.3 Brief Introduction to Samkhya and Yoga Darshana
1.4 Principles of Yoga (Triguna, Antahkarana-chatustaya, Tri-Sharira/ Panchakosha).1.4 Life sketches and teachings of Yoga masters (Maharishi Ramana, Shri Aurobindo Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayananda Saraswati).
1.5 Introduction to major schools ofYoga (Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, Patanjali, Hatha).1.5 Principles of Yoga and practices of healthy living
1.6 Introduction to Yoga practices for health and well being.1.6 Principles and Practices of Jnana Yoga.
1.7 Introduction to Shatkarma: meaning, purpose and their significance in Yoga Sadhana1.7 Principles and Practices of Bhakti Yoga.
1.8 Introduction to Yogic Sukshma Vyayama, Sthula Vyayama and Surya Namaskara.1.8 Principles and Practices of Karma Yoga.
1.9 Introduction to Yogasana: meaning, principles, and their health benefits1.9 Concept and principles of Sukshma Vyayama, Sthula Vyayama, Surya Namaskara and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
I . I 0 Introduction to Pranayama and Dhyana and their health benefits1.10 Concept and principles of Shatkarma: Meaning, Types, Principles and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
l. 11 Concept and principles of Yogasana: Meaning, definition, types and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
1.12 Concept and principles of Pranayama: Meaning, definition, types and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
l .13 Introduction to Tri Bandha and their health benefits.
1.14 Dhyana and its significance in health and well being.
1.15 Introduction to Yogic relaxation techniques with special reference to Yoga Nidra
Unit no-2Unit -2 Introduction to Yoga TextsUnit -2 Introduction to Yoga Texts
2.1 Introduction and study of Patanjala Yoga Sutra including memorization of selected Sutras (Chapter I- 1-12).2.1 Introduction to Prasthanatrayee, Purushartha Chatushtaya and goal of human life.
2.2 Introduction and study of Bhagavad Gita including memorization of selected Slokas (Chapter II -47, 48, 49, 50 and 70).2.2 Yoga in Kathopnishad, Prashanopanisha, Tattriyopnishad with special emphasis on Panchakosha Vivek and Ananda Mimamsa.
2.3 Introduction and study of Hathpradipika.2.3 Concept of Sthitaprajna, Bhakti, Karma and Dhyana in Bhagavad Gita.
2.4 General Introduction to Prasthanatrayee.2.4 Significance ofBhagavad Gita in day to day life.
2.5 Concepts and principles of Aahara (Diet) m Hathapradipika and Bhagawadgita ( Mitahara and Yuktahara).2.5 Concept of healthy living in Bhagavad Gita (Ahara, Vihara, Achara, Vichara).
2.6 Significance of Hatha Yoga practices in health and well being.2.6 Study of Patanjal Yoga Sutra including selected sutras from following chapters (1- 1 to 12, U-46 - 51, III- 1 to4).
2.7 Concept of mental wellbeing according to Patanjala Yoga.2.7 Concept of Chitta, Chitta Bhumi, Chitta Vritti, Chitta Vikshepa, Chittaprasadanam and their relationship with wellness.
2.8 Yogic practices of Patanjala Yoga: Bahiranga and Antaranga Yoga.2.8 Bahiranga Yoga of Maharishi Patanjali (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara).
2.9 Concepts of healthy living in Bhagwad Gita2.9 Antaranga Yoga of Maharisi Patanjali (Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi).
2.10 Importance ofsubjective experience in daily Yoga practice2.10 Concept of mental well being according to Patanjala Yoga.
2.11 Hatha Yoga: Its parampara, knowledge of basic Yoga texts (Hatha Pradipika and Gherand Samhita). Relationship between Hatha yoga and Raja Yoga.
2.12 Sadhaka and Badhaka tatva, principle to be followed by Hatha Yoga practitioner.
2. l 3 Concept ofMatha, Mitahara, Path ya & Apthaya.
2.14 Concepts ofNadis, Prana and Pranayama for Subjective experiences.
2.15 Knowledge of Hatha Yoga practices for wellness (Shatkarma, Asanas, Pranayama, Mudra, Nadaanusandhana).
Unit No-33. Yoga for Health PromotionUnit 3- Yoga for Wellness
3.1 Brief introduction to human body.3.1 General introduction to human body and nine major systems of human body.
3.2 Meaning and Means of health promotion and role of Yoga in health promotion.3.2 introduction to sensory organs (Eyes, Nose, Ears, Tongue and Skin).
3.3 Yogic positive attitudes ( Maitri, Karuna, Mudita, Upeksha).3.3 Basic functions of nine major systems of human body and homeostasis.
3.4 Concept of bhavas (Dharma, Jnana, Vairagya, Aishvarya) and their relevance in well being.3.4 Yogic concept of health and wellness.
3.5 Dincharya and Ritucharya with respect to Yogic life style.3.5 Concept ofTridoshas, Sapta Dhatu, Agni, Vayu and Mala; their role in wellness.
3.6 Holistic approach of Yoga towards health and diseases.3.6 Concepts of Dinacharya and Ritucharya and their importance in well being.
3.7 Introduction to First aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).3.7 Importance of Ahara, Nidra and Brahmacharya in well being.
3 .8 Yogic management of stress and its consequences.3.8 Yogic concept of mental hygiene: Maitre, Kamna, Mudita & Upeksha).
3.9 Yoga in prevention of metabolic and respiratory disorders.3.9 Importance of psychosocial environment for health and wellness.
3.10 Yoga for personality development.3.10 Yogic concept and principles of Ahara(Mitahara, Yuktahara).
3.11 Health benefits of Suryanamaskara, Shatkarma, Asanas, Pranayama and practices leading to Dhyana (as per the practical syllabus of the course).
3.12 Salient features and contra indications of Yoga practices for well being (as per the practical syllabus of the course).
3.13 Knowledge of common diseases; their prevention and management by Yoga.
3.14 Knowledge of role of Yoga in the management of non communicable diseases.
3.15 Concept of stress and Yogic management ofstress and its consequences.
PracticalA.Demonstration SkillsYoga Practical 1. Prayer
A4.1 Prayer: Concept and recitation of Pranava and hymns.4. 1 Concept and Recitation of Pranava
4.2 Yoga Cleansing Techniques- Knowledge ofDhauti, Neti and practice of Kapal Bhati. 4.2 Concept and Recitation of Hymns
4.3 Yogic Sukshma Vyayama and Sthula Vyayama4.3 Selected universal prayers, invocations and Nishpatti Bhava.
a. Yogic Sukshma Vyayama (Micro Circulation Practices)
• Neck Movement Griva Shakti Vikasaka ( l,Il,III,IV)4.4 Yogic Shat Karma
• Shoulder Movement Bhuja Valli Shakti Vikasaka Puma Bhuja Shakti Vikasaka4.5 Neti: Sutra Neti and Jala Neti
• Trunk Movement Kati Shakti Vikasaka (I, 11, lll, IV, V)4.6 Dhauti: Yamana Dhauti (Kunjal)
• Knee Movement Jangha Shakti Vikasaka (11-A&B) Janu Shakti Vikasaka4.7 Kapalbhati (Vatakrama)
• Ankle movement Pada-mula shakti Vikasaka - A&B Gulpha-pada-pristha-pada-tala shakti Vikasaka
b. Yogic Sthula Vyayama (Macro Circulation Practices) • Sarvanga Pushti • Hrid Gati (Engine Daud)3. Yogic Sukshma Vyayama and Sthula Vyayama
4.4 Yogic Surya Namaskaraa. Yogic Suksbma Vyayama (Microcirculation practices)
5 Yogasana• Neck Movement Griva Shakti Vikasaka ( I,II,IIl,lV)
• Tadasana, Vrikshasana, Ardha Chakrasana, Padahastasana, Kati Chakrasana, Trikonasana• Shoulder Movement- 1.Bhuja Valli Shakti Vikasaka
2.Puma Bhuja Shakti Vikasaka
• Dandasana, Sukhasana, Padmasana, Vajrasana,• Trunk Movement- Kati Shakti Vikasaka (1, Il, III, IV, V)
• Bhadrasana, Mandukasana, Ushtrasana, Shashankasana, Uttana Mandukasana• Knee Movement- Jangha Shakti Vikasaka (II-A&B ) Janu Shakti Vikasaka
• Paschimottanasana, Purvottanasana• Ankle movement- Pada-mula shakti Vikasaka-A&B Gulpha-pada-pristha-pada-tala shakti Vikasaka
• Vakrasana, Gomukhasanab. Yogic Sthula Vyayama (Macro circulation practices)
• Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Makarasana• Sarvanga Pushti
• Pavanamuktasana, Uttanapadasana, Ardha Halasana, Setubandhasana• Hrid Gati (Engine daud)
• Vipareetakarani, Sarai Matsyasana, Shavasana4. Yogic Surya Namaskara with Mantra
6 Preparatory Breathing Practices5. Yogasana
• Sectional breathing (abdominal, thoracic and clavicular)5.1 Tadasana, Hastottanasana, Vrikshasana
• Y ogic deep breathing5.2 Ardha Chakrasana, Padahastasana
7 Pranayama5.3 Trikonasana, Parshva Konasana, Katichakrasana
• Concept of Puraka, Rechaka and Kumbhaka5.4 Dandasana, Padmasana, Vajarasana,
• Anulmoa Viloma/Nadi Shodhana5.5 Yogamudrasana, Parvatasana
• Sheetalee (without Kumbhaka)5.6 Bhadrasana, Mandukasana, Ushtrasana, Shashankasana, Uttana Mandukasana,
• Bhramari (without Kumbhaka)5.7 Paschimottanasana, Purvottanasana
8 Understanding of Bandha5.8 Vakrasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Gomukhasana
• Jalandhara Bandha5.9 Makarasana, Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana
• Uddiyana Bandha5.10 Pavanamuktasana and its variations
• Mula Bandha5.11 Uttanapadasana, Ardha Halasana, Setubandhasana, Sarala-Matsyasana
9 Understanding of Mudra5.12 Shavasana,
• Hasta Mudras (chin, Chinmaya, Brahma, adi, jnana, Dhyana and Nasika)
4.10 Practices leading to Meditation and Dhyana Sadhana6. Preparatory Breathing Practices
• Recitation ofPranava & Soham6.1 Sectional Breathing (Abdominal, Thoracic and Clavicular Breathing)
• Recitation ofselected hymns, invocations and prayers from Vedas & Upanishadas6.2 Yogic Deep Breathing
• Body and breath awareness6.3 Anuloma Viloma/ Nadi Shodhana
• Yoga Nidra
7. Pranayama
7. l Concept ofPuraka, Rech aka and Kumbhaka
7.2 Ujjayee Pranayama (Without Kumbhaka)
7.3 Sheetalee Pranayama (Without Kumbhaka)
7.4 Sitkaree Pranayama (Without Kumbhaka)
7.5 Bhramaree Pranayama (Without Kumbhaka)
8. Concept and Demonstration of Bandha
B. Teaching Skills (Methods of Teaching Yoga)8.1 Jalandhara Bandha
• Essentials of good lesson plan: concepts, needs, planning of teaching Yoga (Shatkriya, Asana, Pranayama & practices leading to Dhyana)8.2 Uddiyana Bandha
• Principles of teaching Yoga protocol to different groups (beginners, children, youth, women, Geriatric population, and special attention group).8.3 Mula Bandha
• Preparation for a Yoga class (before and during the class)9. Concept and Demonstration of Mudra
• Factors influencing yoga teaching.9.1 Yoga Mudra
• Class management in Yoga: its meaning and needs.9.2 Maha Mudra
• Conducting yoga practical lessons: Precautions & Contraindications of practices)9.3 Vipareetakarani Mudra
• Salient features ofldeal Yoga Instructor.
• Models of ideal Yoga lesson plans10. Practices leading to Dhyana Sadhana
10.1 Body awareness and Breath awareness
10.2 Yoga Nidra
10.3 Antarmauna
I 0.4 Recitation ofPranava and Soham
10.5 Recitation ofHymns
10.6 Practice of Dhyana
B. Teaching Skills (Methods of Teaching Yoga)
1. 1 Teaching methods with special reference to Yoga
1.2 Factors influencing Yoga teaching
1.3 Need ofteaching practice and its use in Yogic practice
1.4 Teaching Aids : Meaning and Need, Role of Language, Voice, Fluency, Clarity and Body language in an ideal presentation
1.5 Methods of teaching Yoga to an individual, small group and large group
1.6 Lecture cum demonstration in Yoga: Its meaning, importance and method of its Presentation
1.7 Lesson plan: Its meaning and need
1.8 Preparation of lesson plan in Yoga, Preparation of lesson plan for an individual and for a group
1.9 Presentation of lessons in specific Yogic practices: Kriya, Asana, Pranayama, and Dhyana.
1.10 Assessment of a Yoga class (detection and correction of mistakes)
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